Following a review of various issues pertaining to the University of Mumbai, Maharashtra Governor and University Chancellor Ch Vidyasagar Rao directed the vice chancellor on Sunday that results of all winter examination should be declared preferably within 30 days of the exams, and in any case within 45 days, as mandated by the Public Universities Act. The direction comes at the end of unprecedented delays in declaring results for final-year students, graduating this year.
Rao further directed the results of the all the 11,981 candidates, whose results are reserved, to be declared “expeditiously and on top priority”. The revaluation of answersheets of 46,806 applications received by the university should also be carried out in a timely manner, he added. The Governor issued the directives after a review conducted on Sunday, in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Education Minister Vinod Tawde.
The meeting further reviewed the preparations made by the university for the winter examinations scheduled to be held between November 8 and December 20. Fadnavis said mistakes that occurred in the declaration of results of this year’s summer examinations should not be allowed to be repeated. “The invigilators should be trained. The University of Mumbai is a very prestigious university and therefore every effort should be made to further enhance its reputation,” he said.
The issue of academic audit and financial health of the university was also discussed in detail. Taking note of the financial condition of the university, the Governor directed that a proper appraisal be carried out by appointing competent agencies and taking necessary corrective steps. The review of the roadmap for reforms in the process of the conduct of examinations, evaluation of answer papers and declaration of results was also taken. Rao directed that all necessary steps be taken to fix shortcomings in the business process and software.
Meanwhile, as reported, despite the unprecedented delay in declaration of final year results, the university has decided to continue with the “controversial” on-screen assessment system for answersheets. This specific issue also came up for discussion during the Sunday’s review. Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor Dhiren Patel said the university was mandated by the state government three years ago to adopt on-screen assessment. “We have already identified the shortcomings in the onscreen assessment process. Once these gaps are plugged, the process will become smooth and efficient. Going back to manual assessment is not an option,” he said.
Besides, the issue of academic audit of affiliated colleges of the university also came up for discussion at Sunday’s meeting. The Governor directed that the Higher and Technical Education department and the Mumbai University shall set up a task force for conducting an academic audit of all affiliated colleges of the university.
He asked them to make sure that all affiliated colleges complied with the standards of the academic excellence. “While granting any affiliation to a college, an Information Technology-based framework shall be used wherein the processes of constituting the local inspection team, conducting the inspection process and recording of the evidence shall be carried out in a foolproof and transparent manner,” directed the Chancellor.
During the meeting, it was also decided that the procedure and details of which faculties are to be included would be finalised by the Board of Examinations. The Governor also complimented Acting Vice Chancellor Devanand Shinde, Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor Dhiren Patel and Director of the Board of Examination and Evaluation Arjun Ghatule for completing the task of declaration of the results of all 477 examinations.